Stylistic shifts are all the rage in this pre-apocalyptic world so the cutting-edge Washington DC trio THROWDOWN SYNDICATE — who were established with the intent of conflating the savagery of Heavy Metal with the intense lyrical skill of Hip-Hop — are gaining the attention they deserve.
Now they have published a surprising and adept self-titled EP.
We had a listen —
“Endangered Species” has a groovy dark crust that runs through the heart of the song like inky pasta. It pastes the piece together. The vocal is methodical but irascible. Huffy without losing its temper. And that gruff sound is carried through the entire track.
“Shame” is quite an old song for this group. With emotional guitar-work that may remind you of Hendrix were it not so damn burned and self-loathing.
“White Girl” moves like a wounded dragon limping over a lake of hot magma. In other words, this is dangerously antagonistic.
The darkest bass notes mingle with rhythms that are are complex as they are astonishing. As the verbosity sinks within the guitar-vortex.
If you are searching for something that is more brutal than the UK’s SKINDRED — with more growls and snarls per square inch — and more starkness and dark-drive than 1980s post-punk — then these devilishly twisted re-imaginings of style might be for all those who seek distorted & nihilistic freedom.